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Published: 19 December 2013

Holding gains increased general government’s financial assets in the third quarter of 2013

General government's combined net financial assets grew by EUR 4.4 billion to EUR 115.1 billion during the third quarter of 2013. Net financial assets, i.e. the difference between financial assets and liabilities, increased mainly due to holding gains accrued by employment pension schemes and other social security funds. These data derive from general government financial accounts compiled by Statistics Finland.

General government’s net financial assets

General government’s net financial assets

Central government's net financial assets, which fell to record low levels at the beginning of 2013, increased moderately for the second quarter in a row. At the end of the third quarter, the difference between central government's financial assets and liabilities amounted to EUR -41.3 billion, while three months previously, they stood at EUR -41.9 billion. During the quarter, central government's bond stock contracted, which was correspondingly visible as a decrease in deposit assets. Central government’s financial assets grew mainly due to an increase in the market value of their shareholdings.

In the third quarter of 2013, the assets of employment pension schemes and other social security funds reached EUR 160 billion for the first time, as a result of which the net financial assets of the entire general government sector also increased clearly. The growth in social security funds' assets from EUR 156.3 billion to EUR 161.1 billion is mainly explained by holding gains accrued from quoted shares.

The investment behaviour of social security funds was fairly moderate during the reference period. During the quarter, social security funds invested most in net amounts in mutual fund shares.

Local government's net financial assets stood at EUR -0.1 billion at the end of the third quarter of 2013. Net financial assets remained in practice unchanged during the quarter as assets and liabilities contracted in the same proportion.

Source: General government financial accounts, Statistics Finland

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Updated 19.12.2013

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): General government financial accounts [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-1964. 3rd quarter 2013. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 21.4.2024].
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